Fee Waiver Program

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Facing economic hardship? You may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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All students deserve the chance to explore an independent school education. 

If your child is interested in independent school enrollment but you cannot pay the full SSAT test fee amount, you may be eligible to receive a fee waiver. To find out: 

  • Request a fee waiver from the admission office at a school to which you are applying
  • If the school approves your fee waiver request, enter your fee waiver code on the SSAT registration payment page
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Is the SSAT at Home right for your student?

Learn about our three safe and convenient ways to take the SSAT.

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Scheduling the SSAT at Home

Beginning in mid-July, SSAT at Home signup will be available through the test registration process. When a parent or guardian logs into their account, they will be able to register for the SSAT at Home, then they will be directed to schedule their student's test date. Detailed information and guidelines will be provided when SSAT at Home registration opens.

Families who have already registered for a 2020 test date but have yet to take the exam due to COVID-19 cancellations will receive priority SSAT at Home scheduling. More spaces will be opening soon.

The SSAT at Home is currently only available in U.S. and Canada for Middle and Upper Level Students.

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What’s Included

  • A fee waiver applies to the test fee only — it does not cover late fees or service fees. 
  • A fee waiver can be used for any digital or paper-based SSAT. 
  • Fee waivers are not available directly from EMA, the provider of the SSAT.
  • Fee waivers cover all U.S., Canadian, and International testing fees.
  • Fee waivers also include online practice, EMA’s admission guide, and the Character Skills Snapshot. Please note that these services are only available after you register for the SSAT using the fee waiver.

Please Support the Fee Waiver Program

EMA provides more than $2 million in SSAT fee waivers annually, and we need your support to expand the program and ensure the test is available to all students. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation during the SSAT registration checkout to help us open the doors to independent schools.

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